Emmy Lead Actress Comedy

Emmys 2017: Lead Actress in a Comedy — Our 7 Dream Nominees

Compiling our latest Dream Emmy lineup was a nightmare.

How insanely competitive is Emmy’s Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy race this year? So competitive that at least a half-dozen standout performances — including, but not limited to, Speechless‘ Minnie Driver, Superstore‘s America Ferrera, The Mick‘s Kaitlin Olson, Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and perennial Veep winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus — failed to make our 2017 wish list. And that’s even after we played fast and loose with Academy rules by expanding the field from six to seven acting nominees (only best comedy and drama series are allowed to have seven nominees, although exceptions are occasionally made in the acting slots in the event of a tie). 

So, who did we pick? Check out the gallery to the right to view our choices — or click here for direct access — then weigh in with your own nominations below.

For the record, 2017 Emmy nominations will be voted on from June 12-26, and unveiled on July 13. The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Late Show frontman Stephen Colbert, is set to air on Sunday, Sept. 17 on CBS.

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  1. Van says:

    Justine machado is amazing in everything she does. However the detour is one of the worst shows on tv

  2. Chris says:

    Would love to see Natalie sea get nominated. The detour is one of the funniest shows in tv.

  3. Hypey06 says:

    Doubt it will happen, but I would love to see Minnie Driver get some love for Speechless. She is fantastic on that show.

    • Gena says:

      Agreed — especially towards the end of the season (in episodes like “C-H–Cheater,” “R-U-N–Runaway,” “M-A-Y–May-Jay” and “C-A–Camp,” where Maya found herself questioning JJ’s future and grappling with his growing desire for independence), Minnie has really softened her character. :)

  4. Joey Padron says:

    Hope Kirstin and Michaela get nominated.

  5. ToyCannon says:

    You forgot Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls.

  6. ladyluck527 says:

    Yes!! For Justina Machado!!!

  7. LT says:

    Rachel Bloom deserves a nom and a win!

  8. TvPeong says:

    Tracee Ellis Ross… she did some great work this year on Blackish

  9. dan says:

    Just finished watching the last two episodes of One Day At A Time last night. The show started a little uneven for me, but got better as the season progressed. The last several episodes were excellent, and the season finale was both emotional and funny. I would love to see Justine Machado nominated for lead actress along with Rita Moreno for supporting actress.

  10. Eric7740 says:

    JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUSS!!!! Hands down!!! She is comedic gold!!!

    • Jec says:

      Right?!? She’s excellent on the show. I know she’s won 5 emmys already but her performance this year can totally win her another one! I know the editor of this site doesn’t like her all that much (he wrote an editorial to ask her to drop out of the emmy race, which was a little ridiculous. It’s not participation trophies!) but she will definitely be nominated.

  11. Joseph says:

    Issa. Issa. Issa. Issa! Issa! Issa!
    That’s my vote. 😃

  12. matty says:

    My picks:
    Lena Dunham, Girls
    Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-Ish
    Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep
    Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie

  13. Eric says:

    Those are some ambitious choices. Unfortunately it will most likely be the same ole, same ole. JLD will be nominated and will win again. She’s amazing, but I want more of a selection and less of the same names every single year.

  14. Ron says:

    In my mind, it’s an unforgivable crime if Catherine O’Hara isn’t nominated for Schitt$ Creek.

  15. Jim says:

    I don’t think I’ve even heard of any of these shows……

  16. Lisa Echerd says:

    The only pick in that group is Kristin Bell. I watched one epi of One Day at a Time and it was just too, something, too intense. Maybe everyone including the lead were trying too hard. I also think Minnie Driver should be in this group.

  17. Mark says:

    What about Sutton Foster from Younger

  18. JohnnyW says:

    JLD deserves the title again, even if you put these “creative” nominees :/
    Among the humans, I think Minnie Driver and Constance Wu would really deserve a shot.

  19. Lyndy says:

    Nope to Rachel Bloom & Kristen Bell….just no!

  20. HAP says:

    Justina Machado, hands down! She showed such a range, from comedy to tragedy. I was truly stunned by her performance.

  21. webly3 says:

    My ideal six would be Michaela Coel, Constance Wu, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Justina Machado, Emmy Rossum, and Lena Dunham. However, I would still love Michaela Watkins, Gina Rodriguez, Kristen Bell, Issa Rae, Ellie Kemper, Rachel Bloom, Anna Faris, and Aya Cash to be nominated for their amazing work. There are more talented actresses than ever before on television. The only nomination that I would not condone is Natalie Zea. I like The Detour and all, but there are definitely much stronger performances and roles.

  22. Alec says:

    It would be impossible to choose. Only amazing actresses.

  23. lily says:

    Michaela Watkins 100%!! Her work in season 2 of Casual was beautiful, heartbreaking, and just outstanding. She deserves a nomination.

  24. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    Kaley Cuoco

  25. Eva says:

    Constance Wu! Constantly amazing on “Fresh off the Boat”.